What qualification will I achieve?
This is a two-year programme. You will work towards the national diploma qualification in the first year of the course and will have the opportunity to work towards the extended diploma in year 2.
Students aged 16 to 18 who do not already have GCSE qualifications in maths and/or English at grades 4 - 9 will take qualifications in English and/or maths as part of their vocational study programme - this is a government requirement.
How is my course assessed?
This course is assessed through written assignments, practical observations, presentations, professional discussions, VIVAs and professionally produced literature e.g. posters, leaflets, handbooks.
Each module has its own assessment method(s) which can be made up from those listed above. Each module must be passed to pass the course.
How many UCAS points will I achieve on this course?
Our level 3 vocational courses qualify for UCAS tariff points to apply for university in the same way as A-Levels. This course is an extended diploma which is delivered over two years and you could achieve up to 168 UCAS points (which is equivalent to three A* grades at A-Level).
BTEC extended diplomas are graded as a pass, merit, distinction or distinction star (with distinction star being the highest grade) with the overall grade being a combination of three grades which represent an aggregation of your performance on mandatory and optional units on the course.
The following table gives some examples on the amount of UCAS points you can achieve on a BTEC extended diploma:
Depending on your circumstances, you may study a smaller qualification, such as a subsidiary diploma (for example, if you only complete one year) or general diploma which may carry less UCAS tariff points.
You can find more details and examples on the UCAS tariff points calculator here.